Butterfly Fields Bed and Breakfast
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320 Frank Moreland Place
Lothian, MD 20711
Central Maryland
410-271-1433
www.butterfly-fields.com
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Butterfly Fields Bed and Breakfast has always believed in being a good stewards of the environment.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Dan & Lynda Ells (owners & operators). We meet and discuss this subject on a daily ongoing basis throughout the year.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Best use practice for daily usage of composting materials. Our goal is to compost 100% of all relevant materials.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: ALL detergent soap and all surfactants are bio-degradable.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Landscape plantings that attract wildlife and no use of pesticides or herbicides.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: We manage our own environmental efforts.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
bulletUse water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletUse integrated pest management - IPM
bulletMinimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletUse natural fertilizers where applicable.
Recycling
We have designated a collection point for all metal waste products.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletWe use all waste cardboard in our mulching gardening program to control weed growth and to promote plant growth.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletmetering
bulletrain gauges
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletRain gardens
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
bulletUse cisterns, rain barrels, and/or drip line irrigation
bulletMaintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:emergency lighting, exit signage
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air conditioning HVAC system
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave installed programmable thermostats for each room
bulletUse ceiling fans
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletPurchased ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Energy Conservation and Efficiency
bulletShade trellis. Massing. High efficiency wood burning stove. Super-insulated house envelop. The use of outside combustible air for wood stove combustion chamber. Floating floor slab throughout. Minimize window exposure to north, maximize to the south. Air-lock entrance ways.
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain house cleaners on the process for optional linen service
bulletPurchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linens service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-All staff live on premises.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-Consolidate grocery shopping trips with necessary job commute trips.
bulletIncreasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet-Increasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet VehiclesThe use of low gas consumption vehicles. Drive conservatively, examples, non-aggressive driving techniques are practiced.
Measurable Results
Our recycling cardboard program has diverted 95% of our cardboard waste from the landfill.